American Made




About Story & Production






Sharat Raju - Writer / Director
Sharat has a Masters of Fine Arts degree through the Directing Fellowship at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. At AFI, he directed six short film projects, four of which he also wrote, including his thesis film "American Made". He was awarded the Richard P. Rogers Award for Excellence in Directing.

Sharat graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English. He also received national awards as a journalist and editor for the college newspaper. He has worked as a freelance reporter in Chicago, and as a casting assistant in Los Angeles on numerous feature films.

Marcus Cano - Producer
After receiving a BA from Brigham Young University in film production and business management, Marcus produced television programming for PBS, and a PSA campaign for the FBI. He then moved to New York to work for the newsmagazine Dateline NBC. Over the past six years he has also produced more than a dozen short films. He recently received his MFA from the American Film Institute in Producing.
Matthew Blute - Cinematographer
Prior to his acceptance to the American Film Institute Conservatory, Matthew Blute spent 5 years in various roles at Avid Technology. While at Avid, Matthew directed, photographed, and edited numerous personal and professional projects including PSAs, music videos, short dramas, and a documentary about widespread arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh. Following "American Made", Matthew photographed numerous projects for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and L.A. rock band, The Misprintz.
Scott Rosenblatt - Editor
Scott has been editing short films and projects for over six years. He received his Cinema Studies degree at Illinois State University and took additional courses at Columbia College, Chicago. "The Midnight Show" (1998), a documentary about the "Rocky Horror Picture Show". brought him acclaim at several Chicago film festivals. Scott has successfully edited nine short films at the American Film Institute. He is currently the editor for the AFI thesis film "Moving In," shooting in June 2003.



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